General Information

Could you guess the populations of York County in the year 1800? In 1900? How about now? For hundreds of years, the beauty and economic vitality of our county made it a great place to live for those 25,000 people at the start of the 19th century and the approximately 135,000 one hundred years later. Those early settlers gave little thought to how their activities would affect us today. At over 400,000 strong we now recognize our impact on the county’s future.

It took a dedicated group of individuals with drive and a vision to transform this part of PennsWoods into the diverse and complex landscape we know today. Who will be the future visionaries in what may very well be our post crude-oil era? What role will you have? Will you simply be along for the ride or actively engaged in conservation?

As we enter the second decade of the twenty-first century, we hope you will join us to conserve our uncommon wealth of natural resources. Our local forests, croplands, wildlife & watersheds are essential to the health and vitality of York County. These resources are key to what makes York County good. Making preservation our priority will make us great.

Whether you farm the land or build homes; teach others or work in the service industry; build motorcycles or create military machinery, your choices and lifestyle will largely determine what energy sources we use, how much green space is left, and what quality of life is available for generations to come.


Who are we?

The York County Conservation District is the county government office devoted to assisting residents with their natural resource and environmental concerns.

The District was founded in 1938 when 554 farmers signed a petition requesting assistance for protecting the natural resources of York County. Today, we not only assist farmers, but also all county residents, by promoting the maintenance, improvement and wise use of land, water, soil and other related natural resources within the County. We accomplish this mission through educational programs and the administration of laws and regulations for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and the State Conservation Commission.

Sixty six of Pennsylvania’s sixty seven counties have a Conservation District office responsible for advocating natural resource conservation. Since the beginning, the office has been directed by a board of citizens concerned about our County, State and Country. That local leadership continues today as we seek to work with landowners and our state and federal partners to protect and preserve York County’s natural resources.

Our Vision

The York County Conservation District is committed to the improvement and protection of our environment and the wise use of our County’s diverse natural resources.

Our Mission

To achieve that vision, the York County Conservation District will be proactive in providing conservation education, technical services, and financial assistance to enable the citizens of York County to be good stewards of our natural resources.

Our Motto

Serving our County, Conserving our resources, Preserving our environment.

Check Acceptance Policy

By using a check for payment for any product or service provided by the York County Conservation District you agree to the following terms: In the event your check is dishonored or returned for any reason, you authorize us to electronically (or by paper draft) re-present the check to your bank account for collection of the amount, plus any applicable fees as permitted by state law.


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